No, Caps Are Not Totally Gone - page 8

Nurse proudly wears the cap that defines her profession If you've visited McKay-Dee Hospital, there's good chance you've seen nurse Linda MacPherson. There are a lot of nurses at the... Read More

  1. Visit  SuesquatchRN profile page
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    So if I am not entitled to wear a cap that another school wore and my schools didn't have caps how the heck to I get a cap? Or choose one?
  2. Visit  franciscangypsy profile page
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    I don't know if you can find one elsewhere. I've tried googling it. Haven't come up with many results. That's another reason why I don't wear my cap any more. I only have the one I got in school and I'm afraid to damage it.
  3. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    So if I am not entitled to wear a cap that another school wore and my schools didn't have caps how the heck to I get a cap? Or choose one?
    Quote from Franciscangypsy
    I don't know if you can find one elsewhere. I've tried googling it. Haven't come up with many results. That's another reason why I don't wear my cap any more. I only have the one I got in school and I'm afraid to damage it.
    Have you tried http://www.kayscaps.com/index.html ? I couldn't find a section specific to schools but apparently they have lots of files to refer to to make a custom cap.

    My school's cap was so abysmal, it looked like a white boat with two little fins on each side. They made it clear that the thing was designed to rest on top of the head, not back, so as to ensure maximum dorkiness and humiliation. Maybe it was designed in the 1950s, I don't know.

    I fully intended to buy a generic cap (which they still have) from Kay's. Luckily I started in peds where nurse's had already stopped wearing caps, and by the time I left nobody wore them!
  4. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    So if I am not entitled to wear a cap that another school wore and my schools didn't have caps how the heck to I get a cap? Or choose one?
    Quote from nursel56
    Have you tried http://www.kayscaps.com/index.html ? I couldn't find a section specific to schools but apparently they have lots of files to refer to to make a custom cap.

    My school's cap was so abysmal, it looked like a white boat with two little fins on each side. They made it clear that the thing was designed to rest on top of the head, not back, so as to ensure maximum dorkiness and humiliation. Maybe it was designed in the 1950s, I don't know.

    I fully intended to buy a generic cap (which they still have) from Kay's. Luckily I started in peds where nurse's had already stopped wearing caps, and by the time I left nobody wore them!
    Yes, there are some "generic" caps out there that are available. Wearing one of the distinctive, historic, school-specific caps if you didn't graduate from that school would be a big no-no, though (sorta like having a fake diploma).

    Most of the caps have always been pretty dorky-looking; my school's cap looks like a fancy folded napkin perched on your head and the shape is supposed to symbolize "the dove of peace" () The point of wearing them isn't supposed to be that they're such a flattering fashion statement, though ...
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  5. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    There is an interesting bit of NYC nursing lore that goes when Bellevue voted to merge with Hunter College the question at once went up as to if graduates of the newly created program would be allowed to wear the former's cap.

    As the story goes a vote was taken of Bellevue grads and the idea of *anyone* not a graduate of that school wearing said cap was simply not going to happen, and the scheme was voted down by a huge margin.

    Now fast foward to a few years ago, and one remembers reading in a book written by a RN who was researching the history of nursing, that the story was just that, and no such vote was ever taken. Hunter college's nursing program already had it's own cap (the one shown above), and there was no question of them adopting Bellevue's.

    Yes, Bellevue's cap is *HARD* to lay one's hands on. Am beginning to think their grads must have been buried with them or someplace there is a secret cache! *LOL*
    I didn't mean to imply there was something especially "sacred" about the Bellevue fluff -- the same is true of any historic school of nursing with a distinctive cap -- if you're not a graduate of the school, you have no business wearing the cap.
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  6. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    I didn't mean to imply there was something especially "sacred" about the Bellevue fluff -- the same is true of any historic school of nursing with a distinctive cap -- if you're not a graduate of the school, you have no business wearing the cap.
    Oh no, please don't think one was implying any such thing, just brought up the story as it was on topic. If one is willing to wade through several "Google" pages, the book reference can be found on the web.

    Will say that many nurses feel the way about their school's pins and caps the way some sorority sisters feel about their chapter's rings. If you didn't earn the right to wear it, then you have no business owning much less daring to wear the thing. There are out there some "sisters" who spend vast sums and time purchasing up rings that appear on eBay, thrift shops, estate sales, etc, all in aid of keeping them out of the "wrong" hands.

    Many school caps even back in their day were very restricted. IIRC, the old Columbia University undergaduate program back in the early days required it's grads to send their caps back to the school for laundering and starching. So if a grad married or for whatever reason moved house from say NYC to Iowa, then back the cap went.
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  7. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    So if I am not entitled to wear a cap that another school wore and my schools didn't have caps how the heck to I get a cap? Or choose one?
    *LOL*

    Choose one of the generic caps from Kay's and be done with it!

    Was going to suggest grabbing a St. Vinny's or CSI cap, since you are from "da hood", so to speak. But imagine if one day you are seen wearing one by some old grad or worse, instructor from either program (hey, it could happen, maybe one will show up as patient), and they start asking you questions about the school assumed you went to, only to find out you didn't. Hey, didn't Curtis High School have a LPN program with cap? Hmmmmm
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  8. Visit  SuesquatchRN profile page
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    I don't think Curtis did. McKee.

    I already emailed Kay's ages ago. Neither of my schools are on file.

    I'll got the hemstitch. For nurses' week.
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    I don't think Curtis did. McKee.

    I already emailed Kay's ages ago. Neither of my schools are on file.

    I'll got the hemstitch. For nurses' week.
    Curtis had and still has a LPN program, several girls in my area of West Brighton choose that high school (even though they were zoned for Wagner), because of the nursing program. Back in those days the program did have caps, but then so did everyone else.McKee had other vocational and "tech" programs, including a great beauty school program. http://www.silive.com/northshore/ind...helps_nur.html
  10. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Not surprised Kay's does not have the pattern for all nursing schools, after all there were so many LPN and RN programs all across the United States, especially when hospital programs ruled the roost. Probably every hospital in the country had a nursing program at one time or another, I should think.

    Also some caps simply aren't easy to reproduce with Kay's 'perma-starch" fabrics. Many of the older gauzy type caps required knowledge of complicated hand washing, starching and goffering (a type of ironing that produces all those frills and pleats seen on caps and other fussy types of garments such as cuffs/collars), that simply does not exsist today outside of very special costume and laundry shops. Philadelphia General Hospital Graduate's cap is one such example.

    Being as all this may, one collects vintage linens and textiles, if you want please let me know what cap or caps you are looking for and will keep an eye out.
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  11. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    That's nice of you to offer, DoGoodThenGo. That's so much of the fun of vintage, there's always more to find and learn about.

    I think the East Coast must have the most interesting variety of caps. I recall that when I gazed on that sea of caps in the hospital cafeteria, the most unusual were the oversized white ones and the round flat doiley type, with or without black velvet ribbon.

    I do know that each school has a unique cap, and I would never consider wearing another school's cap!! I also remember most of the time the older nurses loved to talk about their caps, which often led to them reminiscing about what it was like to be a nurse or nursing student back in their day in general.

    I wore my pin every day. I lost track of it only when I took a hiatus to be a SAHM.

    Since the subject was brought up a few posts ago about ironing scrubs "to make them look like uniforms". I was out of nursing for enough time that when I left, everyone was still wearing real uniforms, and when I came back, everyone, and I mean everyone (dietary, housekeeping, DON) , was wearing scrubs.

    Can any of my fellow old school peeps tell me when this happened? It's been bugging me. Thanks.
    Last edit by nursel56 on Mar 25, '10 : Reason: question answered earlier post
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  12. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    So if I am not entitled to wear a cap that another school wore and my schools didn't have caps how the heck to I get a cap? Or choose one?

    Here ya go girl! You are just what this one needs.

    It is classic, clean styling and can be dressed up with a band depending upon your degree.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Nurse-Vintage-Ka...item2eacaa8d1f
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  13. Visit  CareteamRN70 profile page
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    The gals in my class feel a little cheated from not getting caps when we graduate, just a pin. We've talked about, just for graduation, bringing back caps (just a matter of finding them and price) I an dthe other male in the class decided we could go without caps or at least we came up with some ideas of a white military style cap, which when I was in the Marines we called "pisscutters", think of the caps gas station attendants used to wear in the 50's and 40's.

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